Rough! Rough! That’s what kind of night it was for the wonderful animal lover known as Wendy Diamond. Wendy is the publisher of Animal Fair, a magazine famous for highlighting the world of celebrities and their pets along with the latest news and info for regular people and their beloved furry companions.
Everyone was excited to enter a pet Halloween Costume Contest at District 36, a new nightclub that was scheduled to open prior to Halloween. All pet owners had made a contribution to the Humane Society prior to the event to help save the lives of animals.
I was eager to show off my teacup Chihuahua named Chiquita in her new orange peace cape (I, too, put on a matching orange peace cape). My best friend, Mina, put on an orange fox outfit that she designed, which included a shiny peace emblem around her neck. Altogether we looked like some sort of Superhero family: Peace Man, Peace Puppy and Peace Fox.
However, when we pulled up to the club, we were told the event had been moved to a bar on 14th Street. Ok, something went wrong and the venue was changed. I’ve seen this happen in New York before. What I hadn’t seen and probably will never see again in my life was 100 dog owners and their pets, in Halloween costumes, huddled together on the sidewalk outside the bar on 14th Street because the city inspector wouldn’t allow animals into a bar/restaurant that served food.
Mina, Chiquita and I joined the street party and made the best of it—including showing off Chiquita on the red carpet—but the organizer, my dear friend Wendy Diamond, was put through unnecessary stress. Fortunately, because the cause is a just one (and Wendy, a sweet one), everyone was a good sport and had fun nonetheless, admiring all the beautiful and creative costumes on both the dogs and their owners. Wendy, our fearless leader, you belong in the Doggy Hall of Fame for your persistence. Chiquita bow wows to you and Mina and I bow down to you!